Debbie is CEO of the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) – a large 3 to 19 multi-academy trust of special, primary and secondary academies. ATT is an approved DfE sponsor operating in the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk. All of ATT’s established academies are judged to be ‘Good’ or better by Ofsted. Debbie joined ATT in September 2018. Prior to this, she was the Deputy CEO and Acting CEO at the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (DALP) based in the East Midlands.
Debbie is a former HMI and was, before that, the Principal of Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough – a high performing 11-19 converter academy judged outstanding by Ofsted in all S5 aspects. Nunthorpe received much ministerial accolade and Debbie was invited to a Downing Street reception for ‘Inspirational Women’ in 2014 as a result of her work at Nunthorpe.
She has been a qualified teacher for over 31 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities. She has wide regional and national experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national projects and conferences for the DfE, the Institute of Education (London) and Roehampton.
Debbie sits on GovNet’s Education Advisory Board.
Finally, Debbie is a former recent board member of FASNA – the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools National Association. In this capacity, she has worked with DfE teams in various guises including developing National Funding Formula and SEN/High Needs Funding for schools.